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How self-driving cars might change our cities

How self-driving cars might change our cities | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The New Yorker's tech issue includes a fascinating article by Burkhard Bilger that asks "has the self-driving car at last arrived?"


It is mostly about car technology that nerds will love, but the really interesting thing about the autonomous car is what it will do to our cities.

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The Story of Globalization in 1 Graph

The Story of Globalization in 1 Graph | Megatrends | Scoop.it

A crystal-clear picture of the world's winners and losers in the last generation.

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Four Trends from CES 2014

Four Trends from CES 2014 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Prepare for your electronics to get up close and personal. Four hot areas of technology at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show demonstrate this trend best: the connected car, premium headphones, high-resolution audio and wearable technology.

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Renzogracie academy's curator insight, January 23, 2014 7:12 AM

1.       jiu jitsu Brooklyn

In jiu jitsu Brooklyn, various gyms are made in New York for students and teenagers to make them skillful persons, remove extra weight from their body, boost up their confidence, and even stopping their bad habits like smoking.

http://renzogracieacademy.com/team-2/

 

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Internet of Things: Six Key Characteristics

Internet of Things: Six Key Characteristics | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Creating Internet of Things products can place businesses and their product teams in an uncomfortable place by pushing them outside of their comfort zone.


An exploration of six design characteristics to help guide IoT product teams as they set forth into uncharted territory.

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Michael Ravensbergen's curator insight, January 11, 2014 8:30 AM

Six characteristics of design.

Christopher Sachse Aaris's curator insight, January 20, 2014 4:30 PM

Great for business modeling! "Internet of Things: Six Key Characteristics" #digitaltransformation #digitalstrategy http://sco.lt/...

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Welcome to the Age of the Industrial Internet

Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future?


In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react - so they can be operated far more efficiently.


Think: airplane parts that send an alert when they need to be serviced, or wind turbines that communicate with one another to generate more electricity. It's a future with exciting implications for us all.


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5 Trends to Watch in 2014

5 Trends to Watch in 2014 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The start of a new year is a natural point for thinking ahead and planning for the future.

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Campbell Barnhart's curator insight, January 14, 2014 7:24 PM

This is a great article about some financial tends to watch for. And some ways to he;p give you a better chance of success in the future. Very eye opening, and is a great to get one's

mind thinking.

David Hain's curator insight, January 21, 2014 5:21 AM

L.ynda Gratton always great value on future trends

Anners Abild's curator insight, January 21, 2014 5:25 AM

Always interesting to folow David....:)

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Top 10 Recognition Trends for 2014 That You Cannot Ignore

Top 10 Recognition Trends for 2014 That You Cannot Ignore | Megatrends | Scoop.it

In 2014, we'll see more demand for greater social responsibility and the increasing role of social media.

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The Second Economy

The Second Economy | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Digitization is creating a second economy that’s vast, automatic, and invisible - thereby bringing the biggest change since the Industrial Revolution. 

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Excerpt from article: 


Something deep is going on with information technology, something that goes well beyond the use of computers, social media, and commerce on the Internet. Business processes that once took place among human beings are now being executed electronically. They are taking place in an unseen domain that is strictly digital. On the surface, this shift doesn’t seem particularly consequential—it’s almost something we take for granted. But I believe it is causing a revolution no less important and dramatic than that of the railroads.


It is quietly creating a second economy, a digital one.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 21, 2013 1:04 PM

This is an interesting article. What does it mean that the second economy is automatic and invisible? We need to be mindful and attentive to our choices.

Cesar Ajuria's curator insight, December 23, 2013 10:47 AM

Not that we didn't see it but putting into perspective....adapt!

Michael Ravensbergen's curator insight, December 28, 2013 7:49 AM

Insight in a new time!!

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A Futurist’s Top 10 Books for 2013

A Futurist’s Top 10 Books for 2013 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Jack Uldrich's top books on the future for the past year.

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Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, December 21, 2013 6:31 AM

Diez libros de 2013 que exploran el futuro seleccionados por Jack Uldrich

Maree T.'s curator insight, December 23, 2013 1:03 PM

Great selection.

Michael Kareev's curator insight, December 23, 2013 2:14 PM

some good books to read during holidays

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Big Bang Disruption: The Internet of Things Takes Off Gradually and then Suddenly

Big Bang Disruption: The Internet of Things Takes Off Gradually and then Suddenly | Megatrends | Scoop.it

One of the main drivers of Big Bang Disruptors is the constantly improving price and performance of information technologies.  For years, computer processors, memory, and communications capacity have experienced regular, even predictable, growth that is nearly exponential.  Everything gets twice as fast and half as expensive every few years. 

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Acorn Woods's curator insight, December 18, 2013 1:20 PM

Interesting

Ali Anani's curator insight, December 19, 2013 12:13 AM

Is gradual a prelude to disruptive sudden?

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The Future Of Relationships: 10 Ways We'll Be Dating, Having Sex, And Breaking Up In 2025

The Future Of Relationships: 10 Ways We'll Be Dating, Having Sex, And Breaking Up In 2025 | Megatrends | Scoop.it

From "revenge analytics" to Siri sex surrogates, here are some unsettling ways in which love could look different a decade hence. Is technology killing romance or just making it more efficient?

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3D printing turns security norms on their head

3D printing turns security norms on their head | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The new technology can be used to make guns, or reproduce a set of keys spotted on a table. San Francisco techie Aza Raskin can photograph a key left sitting on a bar, feed the image into his 3D printer and produce a working copy. 

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Information Age Technology LLC's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:13 PM

Every notion of security protocall we have ever had, are getting turned on their heads.

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Big Idea 2014: Big Data vs. Big Dreamers

Big Idea 2014: Big Data vs. Big Dreamers | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Friedrich A. Hayek, the 1974 Nobel Prize winner in economics, believed the human mind could not see its own advance; the future is unpredictable, and we simply cannot know now what still remains to be known.


Change and creativity always take us by surprise. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t need it, because we could simply plan on it and incorporate it into our existing strategies and processes.

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Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, December 28, 2013 12:29 PM

 SO TRUE! 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 28, 2013 3:02 PM

"We do not know what we will know. Invention and creativity is always a surprise. If we could prophesy the invention of the wheel, we’d already know what a wheel looks like, and thus we could invent it." Nasem Taleb

 

This must mean we can not have facile efforts to create creativity.

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2014: Predictions for the Year of Relentless Curiosity

2014: Predictions for the Year of Relentless Curiosity | Megatrends | Scoop.it

This will be the year of substance, when content is not just written for search engines to pick up, and when things we had hoped would connect become connectable. And most importantly, the value of marketing will continue to rise as consumers define their own individual futures of the products and services they prefer.


2014 is going to be the year when our human curiosity figures out how people, technology and process can finally work together.

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Hayden Brown's curator insight, December 10, 2013 7:04 PM

It's about time that every person can understand current technology.

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The Dark Side of Technology

The Dark Side of Technology | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Technologies that bring us awesome opportunity and new possibilities are at the very same time bringing us mounting performance pressure, accelerating change and growing uncertainty. To truly harness these opportunities, we first need to acknowledge and deal with the dark side.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

I also recommend that you watch this short video from Big Think with Michio Kaku: The Dark Side of Technology.

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Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead

Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead | Megatrends | Scoop.it

As technological change accelerates and adoption rates soar, ten pivotal trends loom large on the top-management agenda.

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Information Age Technology LLC's curator insight, December 10, 2013 1:08 PM

Worth a read especially to business owners and future business startups.

Dr. Ir. Henk Jan Jansen's curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:35 PM

Check this out the new ten trends

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Bitcoin Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the Future of Money

Bitcoin Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the Future of Money | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Bitcoin is a digital currency, meaning it's money controlled and stored entirely by computers spread across the internet, and this money is finding its way to more and more people and businesses around the world.

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Family of the Future

Family of the Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Families of the future – a new approach to segmentation – considering groups of people, rather than just individuals.


The families are based on six forces that are impacting the shape and nature of family life. The families provide an insight into the decision-making units of tomorrow, the ones that brands will need to interact with and inspire.

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THE US 20: Twenty Huge Trends That Will Dominate America's Future

THE US 20: Twenty Huge Trends That Will Dominate America's Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

The 2013 list includes two new geographic centers of the American economy, evolving patterns of relationships, robots, and the changing energy landscape.

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How to Spot a Trend

How to Spot a Trend | Megatrends | Scoop.it

It’s important to be on the lookout for the newest trends so you can plan more effectively for the future and introduce more successful initiatives to your business. By focusing on what will happen next, you can make more informed decisions in less time, saving a lot of energy and money in the long run.


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Software Is Reorganizing the World

Software Is Reorganizing the World | Megatrends | Scoop.it

When cloud formations take physical shape, neither their scale nor duration has an upper bound: We may begin to see cloud towns, then cloud cities, and ultimately cloud countries. At first this sounds rather implausible.

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Why Predicting Trends Doesn't Help Prepare For The Future

Why Predicting Trends Doesn't Help Prepare For The Future | Megatrends | Scoop.it

It's easy to say that some piece of tech will take off next year, but that keeps us grounded into a linear idea of progress instead of reaching for true innovation.


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Trends tend to keep us connected to what is immediate and surrounding us, but fail to stretch us to see what is changing.

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Lions Go Digital: The Internet’s Transformative Potential In Africa

Lions Go Digital: The Internet’s Transformative Potential In Africa | Megatrends | Scoop.it

Following a decade of rapid urbanization and strong economic growth, Africa is going digital. While just 16 percent of the continent’s one billion people are online, that picture is changing rapidly.


As the continent grows more connected, it is already producing innovative web-based applications and dynamic new business models.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

According to their newly released report, today the continent’s iGDP (the contribution to overall GDP by the Internet) is at 1.1%.


Africa’s iGDP should grow to at least 5 to 6% by 2025, meeting that of leading economies including Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.


  • If Internet reaches the scale and impact that mobile phones have in Africa, iGDP could potentially account for 10% of the total GDP ($300bn) and produce a jump forward in both economic and social developments.
  • The top three countries leading the way in Africa are Senegal (3.3% iGDP), Kenya (2.9% iGDP) and Morocco (2.3% iGDP).
  • The Internet’s biggest impact on Africa seems to be concentrated in six key sectors: financial services, education, health, retail, agriculture, and government.
  • For companies working on these industries, that means having great opportunities if they are decisive and move fast.
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Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Adviser ★ Learning Designer ★ Neo-Generalist

Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. We help visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organisational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.